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this morning on "early today" time to go. president obama announces he is bringing tens of thousands of u.s. troops home from afghanistan. minot misery. residents of flood-ridden north dakota are told to head for higher ground. sfwlirchlgts and wild ride. some point-sized cow pokes prove themselves inside the rodeo ring. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin withdrawing down.
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last night president obama addressed the nation unveiling his plan for the next steps in the war in afghanistan. it's a proposal that will have thousands of troops coming home from nearly decade-old conflict. we go to kristen dahlgren for more on this. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. in his speech to the nation president obama said the tide of war is receding as he announced his plans to withdraw the drawdown of troops from afghanistan. some lawmakers were swift to criticize the president's timeline. >> good evening. >> reporter: the president in primetime and making a promise. >> starting next month we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from afghanistan by the end of this year. we will bring home a total of 33,000 tros by next summer. >> reporter: the drawdown would bring home all troops from last year's surge in afghanistan, and according to the president, be the start of a full combat pull-out over the next few years. >> our mission will change from
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combat to support. by 2014 this process of transition will be complete. >> reporter: he detailed what that would look like as he praised the success the surge has brought. >> no safe haven from which al qaeda or its affiliates can launch attacks against our homeland or our allies. >> reporter: aides say the president weighed his decision carefully. the pentagon reportedly pushed for a slower withdrawal, while on capitol hill some, including those in the president's own party, called for a faster pull-out. the cost in dollars and lives weighing heavily on both sides. as some of the fallen landed back on u.s. soil, a somber reminder that the debate over the president's timeline to end the war is likely just getting started. >> reporter: the president will continue to make his case later on today when he visits troops in fort drum, new york. s many who have just returned
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from afghanistan. lynn. >> kristen there for us in washington. kristen, thank you. well, naturally desperate situation in north dakota. residents in minot have been told to leave or else. this as the swollen river shows no signs of letting up. now thousands of people watch and wait for historic floodwaters that the army corps of engineers say are inevitable and unstoppable. reporting from minot, here's nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: the sound minot's flood-weary residents have been dreading. sirens signalling the emergency and mandatory evacuation from low-lying parts of the city. brother and sister harvey and carla scramble to move their worldly possessions out of the family home. >> it's a big empty feeling inside, and like i say, it's kind of like you salvage what you can, but tomorrow will be another day. we'll be here to clean up. >> we can rebuild. >> reporter: some 11,000 people, a full quarter of the population
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of the city, are moving for higher ground. >> i just never imaged that i would err see the river like this again. >> reporter: this latest flooding, the mayor says, will be catastrophic. >> i don't think we really know how long this is really going to last, and i'm not sure we know exactly how much water is coming at us. >> reporter: for weeks minot has battled a swollen souris river that winds in and out of north dakota and canada. massive snow melt and heavy rains have it running at record highs. national guard troops are here trying to hold it back brsh. >> water is reaching the top of the levees in several areas. >> reporter: with water already surging into minot, the souris is expected to rise a full eight feet higher than the last great flood near 1969. >> it's a fairly close knit community, and they do hang together. they do take care of their neighbors, and they'll do it again. >> reporter: now all the people of minot can do is watch and
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wait as the water rises. they are powerless to stop it. >> tough situation there. our thoughts are with the folks there in north dakota. now here's a look at other stories meganews early today in america. an apparent tornado tore through the famous kentucky derby yesterday. the twister formed in the wake of powerful thunderstorms damaging several buildings at churchill downs. track workers successfully moved all the horses to safety before the storm touched down. no injuries were reported. an intercontinental ballistic missile lit up the skies over california wednesday. air force officials launched the unarmed missile at vandenberg air force base to test its accuracy. according to a military statement, the missile reached its target 4,200 miles away in the marshall islands. finally, in fairbanks, alaska, what's believed to be a first in a 106-year-old
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tradition. the midnight sun baseball game had to be suspended due to darkness and bad weather. the unique game is played annually on the longest day of the year. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's meteorologist bill karins with your weather channel forecast. good morning. >> interesting stuff around churchill downs yesterday. the louisville area, they're not sure yet if it was a tornado. the damage doesn't look like it. they'll go out today and do their site surveys. we had widespread rainfall yesterday. this is the first time in a while i can show you how much rain fell yesterday, and a lot of major cities picked up significant rainfall. of course, with the huge drought in the southern half of of the country, it was welcome rain. houston, about three-quarters of an inch. even new orleans got into the act. it was a half inch of rain. areas that don't need it that got it, minneapolis and boston got a good drenching too. more rain down in the gulf. right now it's off shore.
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some may try to drift on shore. it looks leak around corpus christi, some of that is starting to spread northward up towards you. showers and thunderstorms out ahead of the storm system will be widespread today, especially in areas like pennsylvania, new york, also down in west virginia and even the carolinas. right along this front is where the worst will be. here's your forecast for today. notice numerous showers and thunderstorms. some of those could be on the strong side once again today. especially new york city, felly. watch out, d.c. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. numerous areas have a chance of summertime showers and storms. these do not last all day long. they'll only be around usually for at most a half hour as they blow through. we do have to watch for potential hail and damaging winds, though, in the stronger storms. about time. friday forecast coming up. >> you know we love that one. bill, thank you so much. also coming up, a disappointing fed forecast. the final act in the facebook
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feud, and how much would you spend for a good razor? your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. spider-man's star tony mcguire gets caught up in a web of lawsuits. coming up, a golden win for usa soccer. the nhl crowns an mvp, and the yankees are seeing red thanks to an unlikely hero. you are watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are your top headlines this morning. the postal service says it suspend contributions to its employee fupdz tomorrow in hopes of freeing up money for the financially troubled agency. a postal spokesman says the move should not affect payments for current retirees. in arizona a jury has found a self-help guru who led a sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead guilty of negligent home side. james arthur ray could face more
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than 11 years in prison. in a facebook posting former alaska governor sarah palen says she's putting her one nation bus tour on hold because of jury duty. palin, who has hinted at a possible white house run disputed on-line reports she had canceled the tour. in washington a consumer product safety commission held its annual demonstration on the dangers of fireworks for the july 4th holiday. last year more than 8,000 americans were hospitalized with fireworks injuries. and a newlywed couple in canada had a surprise guest at their wedding reception held in a 19th century -- they say a ghost showed up in one of their photos. locals claim the vault has a history of hauntings. a ghost. now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,109 after falling 80 points yesterday.
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the s&p was down eight points. the nasdaq dropped 18. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei shed 32 pounds -- points, while in hong kong the hang seng lost 100. before the rally on wall street came to a screeching halt after fed chief ben bernanke acknowledged that the pace of economic recovery is slower than expected. the fed predicts the economy will grow at 2.7% to 2.9% this year, a reduction from april's forecast. the fed also said exceptionally low interest rates are not going anywhere for now. other dwloomy economic news. the congressional budget office warns that the national debt is on pace to equal the annual size of the economy within a decade. despite the economic challenges, fedex reported a strong fourth quarter profit. in part, by passing higher oil costs on to consumers through fuel surcharges.
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shares ended the day over 2 1/2% higher. after the bell bed, bath, and beyond also got a lift. it beat profit estimates heading in the opposite direction, adobe systems. off more than 6% because of a tepid growth forecast. today watch out for oracle, h & r block, and micron, they all report after the close. the winklevoss twins will not appeal the ruling in their long-running battle against mark zukerburg. they claim he has stolen their idea. now the twins have decided not to take their case to the supreme court. and you won't find this razor at your local drugstore. that's because it costs $100,000. that's right. the company says it's made out of extremely strong metal that's found in meteorites, but if you want one, act quickly. only 99 of them are on sale. if you have $100,000 lying
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around. well, coming up, a surprising end to a marathon game between the mets and the a's. plus, a three of a kind for the reds' lead-off hitter. in weather we're going to continue with summertime thunderstorms for the eastern half of the country, while the west coast continues to be dry. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you are just waking up, this is "early today." in sports the road trip end odd a sour note for the yairnkees with a rolling over by the reds at yesterday's night game. here's nbc's fred rogan with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. the yankees have the highest payroll in baseball, but last night they were single-handedly beat by a guy who makes the league minimum. a solo shot in the first. follow that up with a two-run home ner the fifth, and capped it off with a career game, another blast in the eighth. give that guy a raise. chris, three home runs against the yanks. reds won 10-2. yesterday carlo made everything right in the world again. 13th inning, two down, sacks full, he hit justin turner with a pitch.
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that forced in a run. it barely grazed turner. they won it 4-3 in 13. the umpires went to the video after a player brooks conrad appeared to hit a triple off the wall, but further review, that's a home run. chalk one up for replay. braves beat the blue jays 5-1. the cardinals had trouble scoring runs facing roadway haladay. he threw a no-hitter. it will be a tough few weeks without pujols. the first player in franchise history to win the award and add another piece of hardware to tim thompson's trophy case. he took home top honors. finally, the u.s. soccer team went to the finals. the avenge last week goes to panama beating them 1-0. usa plays mexico in saturday's
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final. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred rogan. >> narrator: early today sports is brought to you lectric shave. one of the eligible bachelors and eligible gech again. plus, buckle up. this may not look like child's play, but next we'll show you how kids are saddling up and trying their hand at the rodeo. you're watching "early today."
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well, welcome back on this thursday. we had strong thunderstorms yesterday. in areas will repeat it again today. areas in yellow, all of new york state, pennsylvania, west virginia, back to the mountainous areas of tennessee, kentucky could see strong storms. then through nash very well, memphis, even into little rock, almost towards oklahoma city all of these areas would could see scattered strong storms later on today, and here's how it looks in the big city. notice airport delays in numerous airports late in the afternoon with the storms. beautiful weather, though, st. louis, kansas city. well, if you are watching us on wgrd channel 2, buffalo, new york, the organic skul sculpture influenced by a timely world without modern technology. at raw at the albright-knox art gallery. thanks so much. here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. ladies, you're going to like this one. it appears actor george clooney
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is back on the market. clooney and his italian bombshell girlfriend released a short statement saying they are no longer together. the pair had been dating since 2009. police in pennsylvania confirm the blood alcohol level of jackas cast member ryan was twice the legal limit at the time of the car wreck that killed him and a passenger earlier this week. court records show spider-man star tobey maguire and other celebrities have been named in lawsuits seeking to reclaim more than $4 million wandering elicit invitation only poker matches. it's being brought on by victims of an imprisoned ponzi schemer who allegedly used their money to pay off his gambling debts. actress lindsay lohan has been ordered to return to court today, so a judge can consider whether she violated probation while serving house arrest. tmz reports the mean girl star tested positive for alcohol last
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week. lohan's publicist had no comment. this comes to us from knop news 2 in north plat, nebraska where some sheep became bullish with a group of pibt-sized rodeo stars. the mutton busting competition turned into a bumpy ride for a few wranglers in the making. they clung to the sheep holding on as long as they could. it featured a number of nasty spills, but all the youngsters got right back up. they just shook off the dust and had smiles on their faces. >> i like the fact that the rodeo clown was there in case the sheep got out of hand. >> the kids were thoroughly amused. i hear you have junior trained for that, i'm sure. >> he does that on my back. >> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. we're off to a quiet start on this thursday morning. a couple of sprinkles out there. we can see some light rain mostly in the western suburbs. not enough to affect the drive time. a mixture of clouds and sunshine. it will be warm and humid. chance for a few showers this morning. high temperature near 90. we'll come back and check the forecast for the upcoming weekend. >> thank you.
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[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everybody. i am stan stovall. >> and diane jennifer franciotti. thank you for joining us this morning. tony pann has a check of the forecast. >>

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